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Gangsta Boo: Memphis Rap Queen Leaves a Lasting Hip-Hop Legacy

The late Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, better known as Gangsta Boo, was a trailblazing rapper who left an indelible mark on the music industry. With a career that spanned almost three decades, she earned the title of the Queen of Memphis.

Born on August 7, 1979, Gangsta Boo grew up in Whitehaven. At just 15, she joined the Memphis rap collective Three 6 Mafia as a phenomenon in the making. She grabbed attention with her contributions to the group’s 1995 classic, “Mystic Stylez.” Her solo debut, 1998’s “Enquiring Minds,” featured her biggest hit, “Where Dem Dollars At,” kicking off a long career known for its lyrical complexity and innovative style.

Gangsta Boo was highly respected by hip-hop enthusiasts and fellow artists alike. Throughout her career, she collaborated with a wide range of performers across multiple generations, including Eminem, E-40, OutKast, Lil Jon, Krayzie Bone, Gucci Mane, and Run the Jewels.

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After a quieter period during the 2010s, Boo made a significant return to the spotlight in recent years. She reunited with Three 6 Mafia, performing at high-profile events like the Rolling Loud festival and a much-discussed Verzuz battle. Additionally, she made appearances on the “Drink Champs” podcast and Uproxx Sessions. Boo released several singles in 2022, including “Sucka Free” and “4Eva Crunk.”

Tragically, Gangsta Boo passed away in early 2023 at the age of 43. The overwhelming response to her passing highlighted her status as a pioneering figure in hip-hop and her lasting influence on modern music. Artists like Memphis star GloRilla honored her by calling her the “Queen of Memphis FOREVER.”

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal